21 Jul 2010

Computer sales lift Apple profit

4:06 pm on 21 July 2010

Apple has reported a stronger-than-expected profit due to a sharp lift in sales of Mac computers.

The company made $US3.3 billion in the three months to June, an increase of 77% on the same period a year ago.

Revenue rose 61% to $US15.7 billion, with Apple selling a record 3.5 million computers, 8.4 million smartphones, and 3.3 million iPads in the quarter.

The result is likely to ease concerns about Apple's clumsy handling of complaints over reception problems of its new iPhone.

The iPhone is Apple's most important product line and yields 40% of its revenue.

Apple is expecting to make $US18 billion of sales in the September quarter.